Hi, I'm Ari.

I'm an entrepreneur and product leader.   

 

Most recently I was the Senior Product Manager for WHIM, the consumer division of Videri (the tech company behind the many screens popping up in NYC's subway stations), where I led six teams in developing/building the mobile UX for WHIM’s new consumer wall screens IoT product.

I'm focused on developing and launching innovative digital products (both for-profit and hybrid for/non-profit) across the media, science, technology, and entertainment industries.

 

Prior to WHIM, I was Director of Digital for Art Media Holdings as well as Senior Product Manager at Brant Publications, two holding companies owned by billionaire Peter Brant, where I led the digital reboot for all magazines including Interview Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Modern Magazine, and The Magazine Antiques, which led to AMH’s successful acquisition by Penske Media at the end of 2018.

Between 2011-2015, I was a co-producer and lead talent strategist for the annual Digitas NewFront conference in NYC, the pre-cursor to the Digital Content NewFronts.

In 2010, I co-founded and was Executive Director of the Play4Change Lab, a producer of video games designed to help solve social issues (“games-for-change”, “serious games”). The Play4Change Lab produced a health game targeting childhood obesity in partnership with the UC Davis School of Education and Foods for Health Institute — which was funded with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

In 2004, I co-founded and led for six years The Hollywood Hill, an entertainment industry membership trade association connecting innovators and their projects in science, technology, and social issues (e.g., Elon Musk) with Hollywood professionals in the film, television, music, and gaming industries. With a founding Advisory Board including Academy award-winning film producers Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds) and Mike Medavoy (over 300 films), media magnate Arianna Huffington, and collaborators such as Wired Magazine, the organization has produced over 100 events and 4 conferences and supported a wide variety of social projects.

 

 

In 2010, I co-founded and led Armchair Revolutionary, an Internet platform combining crowdfunding, gaming, digital currency, and education to crowdsource activities supporting innovative social projects.

Join The Armchair Revolutionaries by Mike Snider, USA Today, April 5, 2010

Crowdsourcing Start-up Aims To Change The World by Daniel Terdiman, CNET, April 5, 2010

Activism Website Targets Gamers by Ted Johnson, Variety, April 6, 2010

Games That Can Change The World by Oliver J. Chiang, Forbes.com, May 4, 2010

Can 99-cent Donations Create Social Change? by Ariel Hauter, Harvard Business Review, April 12, 2010

 

Prior to co-founding and heading up The Hollywood Hill, I worked at United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the top five Hollywood talent agencies, where I trained under the co-head of the motion picture literary department and assisted in the representation of more than a dozen A-list directors such as Chris Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), and Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor). Prior to that position, I trained under other top agents in the motion picture literary and indy film packaging division, assisting in the representation of dozens of A-list writers, directors, actors, and producers including Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood) and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2).

Before moving to Los Angeles, I worked as an e-commerce specialist at Internet $30B venture capital firm CMGi, moving on to assist in the expansion of the Experience Design division of Harvard-born Internet consulting firm Zefer, Inc. in Boston. Preceding my work in the Internet, I was co-owner of a product design & consulting firm, Tiles & Christiansen, Ltd., managing clients such as Barney's NY, Four Seasons Hotels and Donna Karan Home Fashions.

I attended Clark University where I studied International Economies, and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (at North Carolina University) where I trained as a ballet dancer under the direction of Duncan Noble of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.